Minolta AF 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 RS A-mount lens review by madecov

reviewer#4344 date: Nov-9-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50 f2.8
Minolta 28-85 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:$75.00 US Used
positive:Light weight, fast focus. Fairly sharp
negative:Build is only OK. I prefer the older metal lenses. Purple fringe.
comment:I wanted a lens a bit wider than 28mm and found this one locally with both caps and hood.
Took it out on a trip today and gave it a bit of a wringing out.

Even without the sun in the image I managed to get a halo from flare, when I tried to adjust in the viewfinder I found this lens flares quite a bit. Purple fringe can be pretty bad also. Stopped down it has very nice sharpness and color is typical Minolta.
The more I use this lens the more I like it. On cropped sensor you have the equivalent field of view of a 36-127mm.

This may be the almost perfect walk around lens in it's price point.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 53
  • sharpness: 4.41
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 4.34
  • distortion: 4.19
  • flare control: 4.11
  • overall: 4.35
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